World Bulletin / News Desk
Israeli bulldozers on Thursday demolished a number of makeshift homes and tents in the Jordan Valley.
"Bulldozers demolished 13 homes in Kherb Abu Jamala in the northern Jordan Valley," Aref Draghmeh head of the Wadi al-Maleh local council, told Anadolu Agency.
"Israeli forces sealed the area and declared it a closed military zone," he added.
According to Draghmeh, the move "rendered 13 Bedouin families homeless after bulldozers destroyed their property."
Rabea Khandakje, mayor of the town of Tubas and the Northern Jordan Valley, condemned the demolitions.
"The Jordan Valley is part of the Palestinian's state," he said, calling on the international community "to take steps to stop terrorizing our people."
More than 10,000 Palestinians live in the Jordan Valley in makeshift homes, since Israel prohibits the construction of cement and iron buildings in the area.
Animal husbandry and farming represent the main activities of valley residents.
There are currently 21 Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, although Israel has announced plans to expand the areas earmarked for the construction of Jewish-only settlements.
Israel sees the Jordan Valley as an economic and security buffer zone for Jewish settlements and wants to keep the region under its firm control in any future peace deal with the Palestinians.
Palestinians, for their part, want the Jordan Valley as part of a future Palestinian state.Last Mod: 30 Ocak 2014, 17:42